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emojiA couple years ago, Time magazine started declaring a “word of the year.” Just like their traditional Person of the Year, the editors thought it appropriate to designate a word or phrase the defined the past year.

The 2016 word of the year is post-truth: relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.

Pretty accurate given all that we have heard and read over the past 18 months or so.  This word applies in so many instances – and not just in the U.S. because of the recent political campaigns. Throughout the world, we’ve been dealing with highly charged, highly emotional issues.

Here are a few others that made the short list, the full list is here:

  • Adulting, noun, informal: The practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially the accomplishment of mundane but necessary tasks.
  • Brexiteer, noun, informal: A person who is in favor of the United Kingdom withdrawing from the European Union.
  • Chatbot, noun: A computer program designed to simulate conversation with human users, especially over the Internet.
  • Glass cliff, noun: Used with reference to a situation in which a woman or member of a minority group ascends to a leadership position in challenging circumstances where the risk of failure is high.

Any by way of comparison, last year’s “word” was the “Face With Tears of Joy” emoji, also known as LOL Emoji or Laughing Emoji.  A lot can change in a year.

Abbie S. Fink
Abbie S. Fink
Vice President/General Manager Abbie has been doing public relations her whole life…from organizing a picket line in 6th grade to organizing client communications today. She’s passionate about a lot of things, you’ll see. Check out Abbie's full bio

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